Shoots & Leaves: Early Spring Foraging Walk

Foraging is the act of finding and gathering wild foods. By engaging in this age-old practice, we can provide ourselves with healthy and abundant food and medicine, become more self-reliant, and connect on a much deeper level to the landscape in which we live.

As the land warms and the seasons transition, April gives rise to many of spring’s early comers. Exposed ground under leafless canopies fills with a lush array of bitter greens and early sprouts getting their start for the growing season. The month is characterized by many of the wild edibles familiar to even the non-forager: dandelions, wild onion, ramps, morels, and nettles. But there is still plenty more to learn, appreciate, and tend as the bounty of springtime begins to bud.  

Whether you are interested in garnering a better understanding of local plant ecology, gaining knowledge about wild edibles or discovering alternative uses for plants through wildcrafting and medicine, join us for our April Forging Walk. Along the way, we will spend time emphasizing ethical foraging and ways of giving back to the land from which we’re taking--reinforcing how thinking like an ecosystem should guide our practice of gathering wild foods. 

Beginners and experienced foragers are welcome. 


Program Notes:

This class will take place outdoors. Please check the weather in advance and dress accordingly. Be prepared for walking on uneven terrain and potentially snowy and/or muddy conditions. 

All programs are subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances including inclement weather. Participants will receive an email in the days preceding the program for any changes or cancellations. You can review our current Cancellation and Refund Policy here

Parking takes place in the field above the farmhouse. 

The cost for this program is $25/person. Young children accompanying an adult may attend without charge.  


About the Instructor: 

Jonathan Darby is dedicated to educating people about the intersection of farming and ecology, to growing tomorrow’s farmers, and to building community resilience in uncertain times. Jonathan is a wild foods enthusiast and educator, former owner and operator of Sterling Farm, and has been active in the local farming community for the past ten years.

Jonathan has been involved at the Horn Farm since 2008 when he volunteered on the committee that conceived and created the Incubator Farm Project. Since then, Jonathan has served the organization in varying capacities for over 15 years, including Farm Manager, Education Director, and even as a member of the Board of Directors. Today, Jonathan serves as Land Manager & Educator. Jonathan received his Permaculture Design Certification in 2011 from Susquehanna Permaculture and in 2014 completed his Permaculture Teacher Training through Dynamic Ecological Design. 

When
April 7th, 2024 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Location
4945 Horn Rd
York, PA 17406
United States
Contact
Phone: (717) 757-6441
Event Fee(s)
Class Fee $25.00